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Living Locally

How you can support local this holiday season

December 11, 2017

It’s the season of giving, and as REAP’s holiday tradition we’ve compiled a list of gift suggestions from our network of locally-owned businesses.

Stocking stuffers:


Alberta Natural Products has been making ultra-clean soaps for the past 14 years. For the holiday season, they put out a limited-edition candy cane-scented bar, which is available at Community Natural Foods stores.
Ellie Bianca is a natural skincare brand specializing in body oils and serums made with ingredients sourced directly from women’s cooperatives in Chad. Buy their products online, at their store (814 - 16 Ave NW), Sunnyside Natural Market in Kensington, or WorldTown Cosmetics on Stephen Ave.
Lowen’s Skincare is a family-owned and inspired skincare company, specializing in natural and hypo-allergenic ingredients. The lip balms – with 17 delicious flavours like Peppermint Pouty, Gingerbread, and Pumpkin Pie – are their most popular product. The Be Local lip balm, produced in partnership with REAP, supports bumble bee relocation programs in Calgary through Apiaries and Bees for Communities. Buy their products online at Lowens.ca.
Neal’s Yard Remedies has a Bee Lovely line of products, which are infused with organic honey and orange essential oils. Each purchase helps raise money for save-the-bees programs in the United Kingdom: Buglife, Landlife, and Pesticide Action Network UK. Buy through their online store or at their shop in Mission.
Routine is a natural deodorant company, handmade in Calgary by two sisters-in-law. The unique formula results in a creamy deodorant in regular and mini glass jars. From each purchase, 1% is donated to Apiaries and Bees for Communities, the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, or the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary. Pick yours up online or at these REAP retailers: Blush Lane Organic Market, Community Natural Foods, SPUD.ca, Sunnyside Natural Market, and LIV yoga + wellness.  
Tree Era is a service that provides simple means to reduce your carbon footprint by planting trees. By a bag of Tall Timber coffee by Heritage Roasting Company, a bracelet made from reclaimed wood by Playfield or an embroidered patch to plant one tree, three trees or five trees respectively. For the holiday season, Tree Era is presenting a special deal called The Gift that Keeps on Growing, where for $30, 20 trees will be planted on your behalf in a Canadian forest.


For the fashionable:


Alberta Apparel is a locally-made clothing brand for men, women, and children, using eco-friendly fabrics like bamboo and merino wool. The designs are created by Calgary artists who draw inspiration from our province.
Alora Boutique is a line of jewelry made by a mother and daughter in Calgary. Each piece is engrained with meaning and symbolism, and this holiday season Alora Boutique launched the Diane Collection, inspired by a real woman, to encourage others to rise above adversity. From each piece in the Diane Collection, $10 goes to The Mustard Seed.
The Awakened Project is a line of gemstone bracelets that are designed and made in Alberta. Each gem holds a specific meaning to help the wearer “awaken” his/her soul. From each sale, 50% goes into a fund to support women’s entrepreneurial dreams.
Manana Imports is a store on Kensington Road, bursting at the seams with an eclectic array of jewelry, clothes, décor, and musical instruments from the far corners of the globe. Manana Imports is family-owned, and they regularly visit and trade directly with their artisans in the developing world.
WorldTown Cosmetics is a makeup store on Stephen Avenue that specializes in cruelty-free, unique, and colourful finds.


For the outdoors enthusiast:


Adventure with Purpose is a travel group specializing in volunteer tourism. In addition to cultural and conservational excursions, Adventure with Purpose carries an array of hand-woven travel bags from Vajra Collective, made by several different women’s collectives in Nepal.
LANTERN is a high-powered flashlight designed in Calgary. The flashlight comes in regular and miniature sizes, and includes a phone charger. From each sale, 2% is allocated to The Lantern Fund, which helps underprivileged families enjoy the great outdoors. For 25% off your purchase, use promo code REAPMEMBER25 at checkout. Order by December 21 for delivery in time for Christmas.
Nomad Mobile Gear Rentals is an outdoor gear rental service run by a family of avid cyclists and skiers. They know the importance of optimizing time on the slopes every winter, which is why the rental service is offered from the back of the company van. You can also buy some gently-used gear here for your loved one’s next excursion.
Greengate Garden Centre has been a major player in Calgary’s garden supply scene since 1997. Gift cards are available for purchase online, or you could swing by for an ethically-sourced potted plant or holiday décor items.


For the foodie:


Mealshare provides a meal to a youth in need each time you purchase a Mealshare menu item from any of its 83 partner restaurants in Calgary. This holiday, give a gift card for a unique dining experience at Deane House, Fiasco Gelato, Fine Diner, Poolside at Hotel Arts, River Café, or Yellow Door Bistro and tell your recipient to watch for the orange Mealshare symbols on the menu. Until December 23, for every $100 gift card purchased at River Café or Deane House, get an additional $25 card free.
Eau Claire Distillery is a liquor distillery in Turner Valley, toting farm-to-glass principles. This winter saw the launch of its much-anticipated single-malt whiskey, making it the first of its kind to be produced in Alberta.


For the wellness guru:


LIV Yoga + Wellness is an avid believer in self-care, offering massages, yoga classes, and various wellness workshops from the downtown studio. Through the month of December, save 15% on a $100 gift card.
SwizzleSticks SalonSpa has been a pioneer of natural beauty for more than 20 years. Pamper your loved ones with spa treatments or a new look for the festive season – using only eco-friendly products.


For the kids:


Balsam Clothing is a line of handmade baby and child clothing, made with eco-friendly fabrics and dyes. Each piece features a “Grow with me” design, which ensures the little ones will be able to wear Balsam Clothing for longer. Online orders may be closed, but you can follow Balsam Clothing on Instagram to keep up with their market presence.
Poppy Innovations is encouraging families to cook more and eat better through a variety of cooking, canning, and preserving classes throughout the year. Click here to find gift cards and get the little ones in your life excited about food.


For the entertainer:


Theatre Junction GRAND resides in Calgary’s oldest-standing theatre, and is known for its experimental and contemporary performances. Click here to see what’s playing from now until June 2018.
For stand-up comedy fans, Hotel Blackfoot’s comedy club, The Laugh Shop, brings in comics both big and small. The 2018 lineup so far includes ‘90s actor-comedian Sinbad, and former pro wrestler Mick Foley.


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Share your local gifts with us! Tag @reapcalgary on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtag #belocal.
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